August 19th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

State court nullifies police powers at religious colleges

CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears filed this report from Washington:

A state-commissioned police officer arrests a motorist for reckless driving. Does the cop's employer matter when it comes to upholding the misdemeanor conviction? A North Carolina court says yes.

The state's Court of Appeals has tossed out the guilty plea of Julie Yencer because the arresting officer works for Davidson College, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The three-judge panel found that giving campus police power to enforce state laws created "excessive entanglement" with the Constitution's First Amendment ban on government endorsement of religion, or the Establishment Clause.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Courts • Education • Faith Now • North Carolina • United States

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